Mindful Monday no. 54 – Office Mindfulness

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“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”

-Eckhart Tolle

We spend so much time on our technological devices now. More of us our working remotely from our phones and computers, allowing us to balance (or juggle!) multiple responsibilities. The computer is the number one way to communicate so we are on our social media, we are sending emails, and we are even communicating with friends and family from afar using video conferencing.

Because of the computer’s many capabilities, it can also be a major distraction in our lives. We have multiple tabs open on our window at all times and we flip back and forth between pages at an alarming speed. Our ability to focus is diminishing with each click of the mouse.

If this post is resonating with you, I have some suggestions for you to practice office mindfulness. It doesn’t matter whether you have a home office or you work out of home; the principles are the same.

Here are 6 ways to practice office mindfulness: 

  1. Do a cursor meditation: focus on your cursor as it moves around the screen. Then, switch to focusing on the space around the cursor. Move your attention back and forth for several minutes.
  2. Make sure your office set-up is ergonomically correct. Check in with your body throughout the day to ensure that you are sitting in a healthy way and notice the way you are feeling.
  3. Limit the amount of tabs and windows that you have open at one time, in order to successfully complete one task before beginning another.
  4. Block distracting sites like Facebook temporarily so you can get some tasks completed using the many free apps available.
  5. Turn off the sound on your computer so you don’t get the distracting beeps every time you get a message or a retweet.
  6. Get up and away from the screen for 5 minutes at least once every couple of hours. It helps to ease eye strain and clears the mind for better focus.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Let us know in the comment sections.

Lindsay

 

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